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“It is my passion that drives me as an Entrepreneur.”

Board Profile

Deborah Rosati is an accomplished corporate director, business-savvy entrepreneur and a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant with over 35 years of high-growth and transformational leadership experience in the technology, consumer, retail, cannabis, life sciences, private equity, and venture capital industries.  Deborah has served as Chair of Audit Committee for five public companies, a Lead Director and Chair of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee for a public company and served on several Special Committees of the Board for a range of mandates (including going public, going private, M&A, restructuring and special investigations). Most recently, she served as Chair of the Special Committee for a going private transaction.

Deborah, as Founder and CEO of Women Get On Board Inc., leads an 850+ member social purpose company that connects, promotes and empowers women on corporate boards. Learn more at womengetonboard.ca.

Deborah’s passion fuels her work ethic. She is a steadfast champion of corporate governance, ESG, sustainability, and board diversity through her board leadership and her social purpose company committed to getting more women on boards. She is a change agent who is actively engaged with the wider corporate governance community through frequent speaking engagements, panel discussions, podcasts, and authoring articles and e-books to share her expertise and thought leadership. Learn more about her speaking and writing on her website, deborahrosati.ca.

Over the years, Deborah has been recognized through numerous nominations and awards. She was recently honoured with The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s inaugural Global 50 Women in Sustainability Award™ 2022. With a quest to “redefine power,” this award is the first international power list bringing together women (worldwide) involved in sustainability and celebrating the power of their work – not their positions. In 2021, she was recognized as one of  WXN’s” Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women” in the Entrepreneur award category. She has also been honoured as a 2020 “Director to Watch” and a 2014 “Diversity 50” candidate. And in 2012, Deborah was selected as one of WXN’s “Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women” in the Corporate Director award category.

Deborah’s forward-thinking perspectives, honed from her entrepreneurial achievements and multiple governance leadership roles, make her an exceptionally valued trusted board member, advisor and mentor.

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Deborah, as Founder and CEO of Women Get on Board was instrumental in facilitating my board career by providing advice on criteria’s to be given an opportunity to sit on a board. Deborah has grown WGOB from a Toronto based organization to one that is national. She willingly shares her 20+ years experience of sitting on boards for the benefit of others. She is a mentor, sponsor and promoter of numerous women in their board journey. She provides thought leadership and gives back to her community with the invaluable work on CPA Canada’s advisory committees. I know that my board journey would look a lot different without the support and insight of Deborah and WGOB.”

Wendy Kei, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, Chair of Ontario Power Generation, member of Women Get On Board, Mentor for the Inaugural WGOB Mentorship Program
Deborah Rosati is Canada’s Connector. She focuses her time, energy, passion, insights and wisdom towards connecting, promoting and empowering women to corporate boards. Deborah unites women and men across the country in an effort to drive diversity and women’s equality in boardrooms. Deborah founded Women Get On Board in 2015, and has since established a community of over 650 women and men who are on their board journey. Through Women Get On Board, panels discussions, podcasts and more, Deborah has elevated the bar for good governance, boardroom diversity, equity and inclusion. Furthermore, through Women Get On Board’s Mentorship program, Deborah is grooming the next generation of corporate directors. Deborah leads with passion and inspires everyone she meets with her relentless energy and commitment to helping people and companies flourish.

Deborah’s authenticity and approach to relationship building is unrivaled in the realm of board diversity and corporate board building.

Alyssa Barry, CPIR, Principal & Cofounder, irlabs, Advisory Council member & Sponsor of the WGOB Mentorship Program

Deborah has a unique ability to see a need, but then to invest the effort to create a vision and an ecosystem to address the need. We came together with a shared vision of helping accelerate gender parity on corporate Boards. From that shared vision, we co-created and co-deliver the Getting Board Ready program, targeted at women looking to land their first corporate Board seat. I have had an inside view to her passion, her collaborative nature, her willingness to pay it forward, her expertise, and her acute business savvy. A well of ideas, she seems to have a sixth sense on how to brand and market, and is a force to be reckoned with.

Andrea Plotnick, Ph.D, SVP Board and Executive Solutions at LHH-Knightsbridge & Co-Facilitator with Deborah on the Getting Board Ready Program

Deborah is an outstanding change advocate and continually connects, promotes and empowers women for board service. She is an exceptional entrepreneur who is able to apply her training as a financial expert and operational knowledge of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of running a business, to educate and empower her young team. I believe unequivocally that Deborah is a deserving recipient of an RBC Canadian Entrepreneur Award and I am honoured to support her nomination.

Donna Price, Governance Coach
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